JGSNY meeting: "Two Cents Plain, My Brooklyn Childhood", Feb. 20 #general
Roni S. Liebowitz
Next JGSNY Meeting: February 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM
Topic: "Two Cents Plain, My Brooklyn Childhood"
Speaker: Martin Lemelman
"Memory comes alive in this compelling amalgam of drawing, narrative and
archival photography... a book that is both a celebration and an
affirmation of life." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Come join us when Martin Lemelman presents an illustrated lecture on his
latest book, "Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood." This book is a
bittersweet journey >from the Neu Freimann Displaced Persons Camp in Germany
to the crowded streets of Brooklyn, New York. We'll follow a husband and
wife as they struggle to begin a new life in the land "where the streets are
paved with gold." Along the way, we'll meet the characters- walk the
streets- experience the smells and tastes of a Brooklyn.
The child of Holocaust survivors, Martin Lemelman was raised in the back of
a Brooklyn candy store. His recent graphic memoir, Two Cents Plain: My
Brooklyn Boyhood is about that experience. His first graphic memoir,
Mendel's Daughter is not only the story of his mother's miraculous survival
in the World War Two, but also the story of Jewish family life in Poland in
the 1930's. The book was an Austin Chronicle pick for Best Books of 2006 and
was a New York Public Library Selection- "Books For The Teen Age 2007".
Jonathan Cape/Random House has released an edition in the United Kingdom. In
addition, there is a French edition, La Fille de Mendel and the Spanish
edition, La Hija de Mendel will be published shortly.
Professor Lemelman has been a freelance illustrator since 1976. His client
list includes McGraw/Hill, Children's Television Workshop, Scholastic,
Parent's Magazine Press, Crayola and the Jewish Publication Society, among
others. He has illustrated over 30 children's books and his work has been
published in magazines ranging >from the New York Times Book Review to Sesame
Martin has recently retired >from the Communication Design Department at
Kutztown University. He was Full Professor there. He lives in Allentown,
Pennsylvania with his wife Monica. They are the proud parents of four
See the video of his book on his website at: http://www.twocentsplain.com/.
Scroll down to VIDEO on the left side of the page or go to Two Cents Plain
on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ym8c9JqzIM . Also see his
interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLzWntECd3k&feature=related .
It starts and then there is a brief interruption introducing the site. The
interview really begins after about 40 seconds of video.
A book-signing will follow the presentation.
Members are free, guests $5.00 at the door
Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and
6th Avenues), Manhattan.
The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open before the
meeting starting at 11:00 a.m. for networking with other researchers and
access to research materials and computers.
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc (NY)